Editors’ Notes Slow Train Coming marks one of the most beguiling turns in Bob Dylan’s career, as he embraced born-again Christianity after experiencing divine intervention at a tour stop in Tucson, Arizona. While Dylan’s strict, non-ironic religious conversion alienated much of his longtime fanbase Slow Train Coming shows that his newfound convictions weren’t so much a reinvention of his identity as a new prism through which Dylan continues to examine his lifelong themes. “I Believe In You” describes overwhelming romantic love even if it was written as a devotional hymn. By the same token, “Slow Train” describes the looming terror of the modern world with as much detail and frustration as “A Hard Rain’s A Gonna Fall.” Producer Jerry Wexler brings a bluesy, moody feel to the album, aided by Mark Knopfler’s guitar and Barry Beckett’s keyboards. Despite the album’s overtly Christian leanings, Slow Train Coming succeeds on a balance of accessibility (the Jackson Browne soundalike “Precious Angel”) and vulnerability (“When He Returns,” which features some of the most emotionally naked singing of Dylan’s career).

SONG
Gotta Serve Somebody
1
5:25
 
Precious Angel
2
6:31
 
I Believe In You
3
5:10
 
Slow Train
4
5:59
 
Gonna Change My Way of Thinking
5
5:28
 
Do Right to Me Baby (Do Unto Others)
6
3:53
 
When You Gonna Wake Up
7
5:30
 
Man Gave Names to All the Animals
8
4:27
 
When He Returns
9
4:26
 

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